Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, April 20, 2009


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Governor Names Baca, Three Attorneys to State Posts


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday named Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to the Corrections Standards Authority and appointed three attorneys to state posts.

The governor named Palmdale attorney James Charlton to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, Alameda County Chief Deputy District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to the Domestic Violence Advisory Council and San Francisco attorney Edwin Prather to the California Commission on Access to Justice.

Baca has served as sheriff since 1998, and faces Senate conformation for the post on the authority formerly known as the Board of Corrections.

The authority works in partnership with city and county officials to develop and maintain standards for the construction and operation of jails and juvenile detention facilities, and for the selection and training of state and local corrections personnel.

It also inspects local adult and juvenile detention facilities; administers grant programs that respond to facility construction needs, juvenile crime and delinquency; and conducts special studies relative to the public safety of California’s communities.

Charlton, 61, has served as partner for Charlton Weeks since 1998 and was admitted to the State Bar in 1989 after graduating from Whittier College School of Law. He served as a partner at Charlton and Brown from 1990 to 1991, and then as an attorney for the Law Offices of James Charlton until 1997.

Charlton is a member of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, the San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council and the Southern California Elder Law Council. A Republican, he previously owned HFU Investments from 1983 to 2006, and co-owned HFU TV from 1979 to 2004.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

O’Malley, 54, has served in her current position since 1999, and joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 1984.

A graduate of California State University Hayward and Golden Gate University School of Law, O’Malley served as a law clerk for Linda Debene, A Professional Law Corporation, from 1981 to 1983, when she was admitted to the State Bar. She then worked as an attorney with the firm until she joined the District Attorney’s Office.

O’Malley is a Democrat, and is president-elect of California Women Lawyers. She also serves on the Criminal Law Advisory Committee and on the California District Attorneys’ Association Board.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary.

Prather, 36, has worked as a partner for Clarence and Dyer since 2006 and served as an attorney for Rogers Joseph O’Donnell and Phillips during the preceding four years.

Admitted to the State Bar in 1997 after attending UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine University School of Law, he began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi of the Central District of California, and later served as an attorney for the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco from 1998 to 1999.

Prather became a trial attorney in 1999 for the San Francisco Public Defender’s office, and then served as a judicial law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward M. Chen of the Northern District of California from 2001 until he joined Rogers Joseph O’Donnell and Phillips.

A Democrat, he currently serves as president of the Asian/Pacific Bar of California.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary.


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